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Nasuverse character
Lancer

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Japanese name: ランサー
Franchise: Fate
Appears in: Fate/Grand Order
Japanese VA: Shinichirō Miki
Character type: Servant (Master: Protagonist)
Servant classes: FGO Lancer FGO Shielder
Gender: Male[1][2]
Height: 188cm[1][2]
Weight: 110kg[1][2]
Place of Origin: Sparta[1][2]
Addresses self as: Watashi (, ?)[1]

Lancer (ランサー, Ransā?) is a Lancer-class Servant able to be summoned by the Protagonist in the Grand Orders of Fate/Grand Order.

ProfileEdit

IdentityEdit

Lancer's True Name is Leonidas I (レオニダス一世, Reonidasu Issei?), the King of Sparta, the country that became the etymology of the term "Spartan discipline". Leonidas reigned as the king of Sparta, but because the state of Sparta itself has fundamentally changed into a land that produced "hot-blooded idiots", it seems like he had a difficult time administrating the nation. In order to hold back an invading Persian army of 100,000 soldiers, he stood up with merely 300 men in the famous Battle of Thermopylae.[2]

HistoryEdit

Leonidas I is the half-brother of Cleomenes I, the king of Sparta. Originally, the succession of the throne should be given to Cleomenes’ children, but as they all passed away, Leonidas sat on the throne as the new king.[1]

However, unrest already drifted in the atmosphere of the outskirts of the city-state of Sparta. The most important thing of concern was the demand of “water and soil” made by the great king of the Persian Achaemenid Empire, Xerxes I, transmitted to all city-states except for Athens and Sparta—it essentially meant a substantially complete surrender of the city-states by handing over all rights of their harvests as well as their territories to the Persians.[1]

Many city-states chose the path of servitude under the powerful Persian Empire, but the allied forces, centered around Athens and Sparta, chose to confront them. However, when Persia commenced their invasion, unfortunately at that moment, Sparta was holding the sacred Carneia festival, overlapping with the Festival of Zeus held over the entirety of Greece, and the allied forces fell into a state of affairs where it was impossible to move their large armies.[1]

Will the descendants of Perseus be destroyed? Or will the king who descended from the bloodline of Heracles die?[1]

Leonidas understood the full extent of the prophet’s oracle delivered to him. “That is to say, if I escape with my life, Sparta will be destroyed.” Leonidas did not hesitate. He led 300 elite men and deployed a battle formation at the valley of Thermopylae called the “Hot Gates”, battling all 100,000 members of the extolled Persian army over a span of three days. However, the rear of the Spartan army’s battle formation was attacked due to a betrayal, the forces annihilated except for merely one person, Aristodemus, who withdrew from the army as a result of a blindness condition he suffered from. At that time, the Spartan soldiers opposed and snapped back at their enemies with their bare hands when they lost their weapons. While Leonidas’ spear did not reach Xerxes, due to the time gained from him and his hundreds of subordinates in these three days, the Greeks of the allied forces were able to get ready and prepare for battle, ending with them repelling the Persian army. It was neither a fluke or chance that only this king and no more than 300 of his men would save the Greek world.[1]

At the grave site of the 300 Spartan soldiers, the following words were carved by a poet named Simonides.[1]

“Travelers, please let me convey what the Spartans wished for. They have defended their agreement, died a noble death here and departed for the afterlife.”
—Simonides [1]

AppearanceEdit


PersonalityEdit

“This Is Sparta!”

—Leonidas I

An intellimacho who leads the muscle-brained army corps of Sparta. Leonidas lamented that “there was no one who could take into consideration tactics properly except for myself.” Like an intellectual who joined a sports-minded company, he lives with his head hurting everyday. Nonetheless, because he is a man born and raised in Sparta, he too is also a meathead—such as exerting great effort and guts, even if for an instant. Thus, he cannot deny this label, preferring to fight like a barbarian. He believes that exerting effort and diligently studying and training is a shortcut to pulling oneself to victory, and that it is connected to the acquisition of a humane life. “You, train your muscles (yourself). In that case, you will be rewarded. However, ghosts are no good given that they have no muscles!!!!![1]

A king who properly grasps the status quo, his attitude borders on courtesy. Leonidas serves as a faithful Servant to his Master unless he or she takes up a greatly impolite attitude. Although his proposals are assertive, his hot-blooded tactics are questionable. However, when Sparta is spoken ill of, he will be livid.[1]

In the present, Leonidas has become an excellent military escort who will happily follow his Master. In order to save the world, he will continue to fight as his Master's shield. However, while he himself does not feel like admitting it, he is somewhat of a hot-blooded idiot so one must handle him properly.[2]

RelationshipsEdit

Hector

Although that person’s circumstances differed, Leonidas emphasizes with Hector as a person who fought a similar defensive battle. However, it is lonesome for Leonidas because Hector does not get on with training very much.[1]

Mash Kyrielight

Someone also known as a Servant who holds a shield similarly like himself, his spirit looks at her with a strange gaze of respect… “If I do not keep training, it appears that I will disappoint her!!!![1]

RoleEdit

Fate/Grand OrderEdit

Septem: The Eternal Madness EmpireEdit

Leonidas I is summoned by Lev Lainur Flauros, who sends him off to kill Nero Claudius. He eventually intercepts Ritsuka, Mash and Nero during their journey back to Rome from the Shaped Isle. Leonidas I then goes to execute Lev's orders, but he is killed in the confrontation.

Babylonia: The Absolute Frontline in the War Against the Demonic BeastsEdit

Gilgamesh summons Leonidas I to aid him in this Singularity.

Salomon: The Grand Time TempleEdit

Leonidas is amongst the "Babylonia" Singularity Servants to aid Chaldea against the Demon Gods Pillar.[3]

AbilitiesEdit

  • Lancer's Spear and Shield

Dignity of the Rearguards (殿しんがりの矜持, Tono no Kyōji?) is a unique Skill that displays more power the more disadvantageous the situation (such as defensive battles, military withdrawals, etc.) is. The power displayed in the Battle of Thermopylae turned into a technical Skill. In combination with Leonidas' Noble Phantasm, Thermopylae Enomotia, where he summons the legendary 300 Spartans that participated in the aforementioned battle, even Anti-Army Noble Phantasms can be defended against.[2][1]

Leonidas has the Warcry of the Warrior (戦士の雄叫び, Senshi no Otakebi?) Skill, a morale boosting Skill. Similar to the breathing techniques in karate, by way of this warcry he carries out a moral coordination.[1]

Leonidas wields a spear and shield. He excels in defensive battles, where after persevering through the enemy attacks, he would launch a fierce counterattack along with his Noble Phantasm's summoned Spartans.

DevelopmentEdit

Creation and Conception Edit

Shimaudon is the character illustrator for Leonidas I.[2][1] Yuuichirou Higashide is the scenario writer for his character.[1]

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 1.16 1.17 1.18 1.19 1.20 1.21 1.22 1.23 1.24 1.25 1.26 1.27 1.28 1.29 1.30 1.31 1.32 Fate/Grand Order material I - Leonidas I, p.184-193, translated by Mazyrian & RanonCap at Beast's Lair.
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 2.14 2.15 2.16 2.17 2.18 2.19 2.20
  3. Fate/Grand Order - Salomon: The Grand Time Temple - Act 08: VII / Health Office Sabnock